London-based Philippe Briand has been conceiving high-performance yachts since his La Rochelle childhood, and his technical excellence and precision – accompanied by a strong artistic flair – have continued to evolve over what is arguably the most prolific career of any yacht designer today.
Early insights into naval architecture, advanced hydrodynamics and production engineering during an internship with Swedish designer Pelle Petterson armed Briand with the skills to create dozens of successful production yacht models, of which over 12,000 vessels have been built.
His portfolio spans four decades, starting with his first IOR Quarter Ton design at the age of 16. His designs for competition have included eight yachts for six America’s Cup campaigns; two of the vessels for the French team that won the Admiral’s Cup in 1991; and countless high-performance offshore racing yachts. An accomplished sailor himself, Briand has won the Half-Ton Cup in 1993 and the One-Ton Cup in 1994, in yachts of his own designs.
Briand’s first foray into superyachts came in 1995, with a winning submission for the design of the groundbreaking, award-winning 44.7m S/Y Mari Cha III, and then Mari Cha IV. The success of these lightweight, high-performance cruising racers propelled him into the world of superyachts, where he has enjoyed considerable success.
Briand and his team of designers have won over 30 international yacht design awards (to date year 2015) for their work, and have collaborated with some of the most highly respected sailing yacht builders in the world, including CNB (France), Groupe Beneteau (France), Perini Navi (Italy), Royal Huisman (Netherlands) and Vitters (Netherlands). They currently produce yacht designs and naval architecture always oriented on use of new technologies – ranging from 6 to over 100 metres, both for sailing yachts and motor yacht. The team puts a strong emphasis on performance and is continually employing new technologies to enhance designs, in a quest for perfection.
He is one of the few – if not the only – yacht designers with the technical capabilities and experience to design high performance yachts of both the motor and sailing variety. In recent years, his collaboration with Vitruvius Yachts has seen three of his motor yacht designs launched (50m, 55m and 73m), bringing an evolved, high-performance and long-range style to the sphere.
|World Superyacht Award||JUDGES Special Award - Inoui||2014|
|World Superyacht Award||Advanced design and High Quality Construction||2014|
|International Superyacht Society Design and Leadership Awards||Best Sail 40M+ Vertigo||2012|
|International Superyacht Society Design and Leadership Awards||Best Power 40-65M - Galileo G||2012|
|Monaco Yacht Show||Prix Du Design + Vertigo||2012|
|Showboats Design Awards||Exterior Design and Styling – Vertigo||2012|
|Showboats Design Awards||Interior Layout Award – Vertigo||2012|
|Showboats Design Awards||Recreational space designed for guest use - Vertigo||2012|
|Showboats Design Awards||Exterior Design and Styling 30M – 59.99M - Galileo G||2012|
|World Superyacht Awards||Sailing Yacht of the Year - Vertigo||2012|
|World Superyacht Awards||Sailing Yacht in 40M+ - Vertigo||2012|
|Showboats Design Awards||Exterior Design and Styling: Exterior Design and Styling 100 – 199 Exuma||2011|
|Showboats Design Awards||Environmental Protection Award - Exuma||2011|
|World Superyacht Awards||Motoryacht of the year - Exuma||2011|
|World Superyacht Awards||Best Displacement Motoryacht Below 500 GT - Exuma||2011|
|Rina Awards||Green Yacht of the year - Exuma||2010|
|Rina Awards||Green Plus Platinum - Exuma||2010|
|Nautical Design Award||Motor yacht over 40M - Exuma||2010|
|World Yacht Trophies Award||Most Innovative Yacht of the Year - Exuma||2010|
|International Society Design Award||Best Sail Boat in the 24 – 40M - Bristolian II||2009|
|ShowBoats International Award||Best Sail Boat under 45 M - P2||2009|
|Boat International Awards||Best Sail Boat 30 – 40 M - P2||2009|
|Boat International Awards||Best Syling - P2||2009|
|Boat International Awards||Best Sail Boat Overall - P2||2009|
|International Society Design Award||Best Sail Boat in 23 – 36 M - Hamilton II||2006|
|Boat International & Camper & Nicholson Award||New Design Concept - Briand 120||2004|
|ShowBoats Award||Most Innovative Sailing Yacht - Mari-Cha III||1999|
|ISS Awards||International Superyacht Society Design Award - Mari-Cha III||1998|